Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gilbert Brule
Gilbert Brule was born January 1, 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta. The first round, sixth overall selection of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Brule is a graduate of the WHL's Vancouver Giants.

The diminutive forward played the better part of three seasons with the Giants while making his NHL debut with Columbus in 2005-06. Despite a strong start to the season, Columbus opted to return the young forward to his junior club. In his three seasons with Vancouver, Brule registered 185 points (87-98-185) while racking up 309 PIM. The WHL's Rookie of the Year in 2003-04 and the CHL's Scholastic Player of the Year, Brule is very strong skater and was instrumental in leading the Giants to the 2006 WHL title and a birth in the Memorial Cup tournament. A feisty and gritty competitor, Brule, who was named the WHL's Playoff MVP led his team to the Semi-Final game of the 2006 Memorial Cup tournament, only to fall to the host Moncton Wildcats.

After making his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in 2005-06, Brule competed in his first full season with the club in 2006-07, registering just 19 points in 78 games played. He spent time in the AHL the following season with the Jackets' AHL affiliate in Syracuse and continued to struggle to produce offensively through 61 games in Columbus. The Blue Jackets failed to qualify for the playoffs that season and as a result the club made a number of changes throughout the summer of 2008, including the trade of Brule for Edmonton's Raffi Torres on July 1, 2008.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2001-02 North Shore Winter Club Minor-BC 56 97 55 152 7 13 7 20 14
2002-03 Quesnel Millionaires BCHL 48 32 25 57 71
2002-03 Vancouver Giants WHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1 4 1 0 1 0
2003-04 Vancouver Giants WHL 67 25 35 60 100 -2 11 4 5 9 10
2004-05 Vancouver Giants WHL 70 39 48 87 169 +4 6 1 3 4 8
2005-06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 7 2 2 4 0 -2
2005-06 Vancouver Giants WHL 27 23 15 38 40 +5 18 16 14 30 44
2005-06 Vancouver Giants M-Cup 5 6 6 12 18
2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 78 9 10 19 28 -21
2007-08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 61 1 8 9 24 -4
2007-08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 16 5 5 10 44 +2 13 2 3 5 16
2008-09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 2 1 3 12 -3
2008-09 Springfield Falcons AHL 39 13 11 24 58 -12
2009-10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 17 20 37 38 -8
2010-11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 41 7 2 9 41 -7
2011-12 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 27 8 10 18 31 -4
2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 33 5 9 14 11 +7 12 2 1 3 0
2012-13 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 14 0 6 6 4
2013-14 Portland Pirates AHL 11 7 5 12 4 +3
2013-14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 3 0 0 0 2 -1
2014-15 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL 44 10 5 15 49
2015-16 Medvescak Zagreb (CRO) KHL 54 13 11 24 94
2016-17 Medvescak Zagreb (CRO) KHL 16 6 4 10 53
2016-17 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 37 12 20 32 28
NHL Totals 299 43 52 95 156 12 2 1 3 0


WHL West First All-Star Team (2005) Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (2005) Canadian Major Junior Scholastic Player of the Year (2005) WHL West Second All-Star Team (2006) Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2006) Ed Chynoweth Trophy (Memorial Cup - Leading Scorer) (2006) Missed majority of 2005-06 due to sternum (October 7, 2005 vs. Calgary) and leg (November 30, 2005 at Minnesota) injuries. Traded to Edmonton by Columbus for Raffi Torres, July 1, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Phoenix from Edmonton, January 10, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Zurich (Swiss), August 13, 2012. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Portland (AHL), October 14, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, November 30, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, January 1, 2014.
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